Program FAQs

Institutes

Young Women's Leadership Institute

Application Process

The institute applications can be reached here.

No transcripts or letters of recommendations are needed for Institute applications.

When applying for the Institute please include a gmail address if you have one. This will help us add you to our GoogleClassroom. 

Virtual Learning

GoogleClassrooms will be the platform for our virtual Institute. Students will be added to the GoogleClassroom one week before the Institute begins. All class materials and communication will be shared here. 

It is expected that students participate actively on GoogleClassroom completing assignments and contributing to discussions in a timely manner. 

Age Group

For our Institutes, the material is primarily aimed for 10th - 12th graders. The youngest group who can sign up for the Institutes are 9th graders.

Time Commitment

The Fall 2020 Young Women’s Leadership Institute (YWLI) will run from September 9th - September, 26th, 2020. 

There will be a combination of set class time meetings and individual work to be completed independently between meetings. Our set class times will be from 4pm - 4:50pm PDT on Wednesday 9/9, and from 1pm - 4pm PDT on 9/12, 9/19, and 9/26. Other class meetings may be scheduled and participants will be notified of these via GoogleClassroom.

Participation and Assignments

Even though we are meeting virtually, active participation from all members is necessary and expected. Although assignments will not be graded, students are required to submit 90% of all required assignments and participate in 90% of scheduled class activities in order to successfully complete the program. Students who do not, will not be able to participate in organized completion activities.

If there is one week of non-participation in the class (i.e. not attending set class time or completing assignments) students will be dropped from the Institute without a refund. 

Refund Policy

None unless extenuating circumstances. No refund will be offered once the Institute has begun on September, 9th, 2020.

Further Questions

For additional questions, email jsa@jsa.org or call (800) 334-5353.

Burd Institute

Application

The institute applications can be reached via JSAConnect. Create an account or login with your MyJSA credentials. Go to “My Activities” to register. 

No transcripts or letters of recommendations are needed for Fall Institute applications.

When applying for the Institute please include a gmail address if you have one. This will help us add you to our GoogleClassroom.

Age Group

For our Institutes, the material is primarily aimed for 10th - 12th graders. The youngest group who can sign up for the Institutes are 9th graders.

Orientation

Orientation information for the fall program TBD.

The orientation will be recorded but we strongly encourage student participants and their parents/guardians to attend live.

Time Commitment

Please refer to our Burd Institute home page for meeting times. 

There will be a combination of set class time meetings and individual work to be completed independently between meetings. Other class meetings may be scheduled and participants will be notified of these via GoogleClassroom.

Virtual Learning

GoogleClassrooms will be the platform for our virtual Institute. Students will be added to the GoogleClassroom one week before the Institute begins. All class materials and communication will be shared here. 

It is expected that students participate actively on GoogleClassroom completing assignments and contributing to discussions in a timely manner. 

Participation and Assignments

Even though we are meeting virtually, active participation from all members is necessary and expected. Although assignments will not be graded, students are required to submit 90% of all required assignments and participate in 90% of scheduled class activities in order to successfully complete the program. Students who do not, will not be able to participate in organized completion activities.

If there is one week of non-participation in the class (i.e. not attending set class time or completing assignments) students will be dropped from the Institute without a refund.

Refund Policy

None unless extenuating circumstances. No refund will be offered once the Institute has begun on November, 7th, 2020. 

Who do I contact for further questions?

For further questions, email jsa@jsa.org or call (800) 334-5353.

 

Summer Programs

Applications, Admission, and Tuition/Financial Aid:

Who do I contact for questions?

For general questions email jsa@jsa.org or call (800) 334-5353.

What distinguishes your program from others?

JSA has been conducting pre-college enrichment programs since 1941.  JSA Summer School is academically rigorous and requires students to be dedicated to making the most of their time in a college-level learning environment, with a focus on Speech and Debate formats designed to sharpen public speaking skills.

JSA doesn’t hand out value, it builds it within the students themselves. It offers select students an opportunity to participate in a summer program that is proven to build the kind of value that empowers students to succeed in college and throughout their lives.

How competitive is admission to JSA Summer Programs?

Admission to JSA Summer School is competitive, which is why we require school transcripts, letters of recommendation and student essays.  We are looking for academically serious students who are willing to work hard and understand that they will be undertaking a serious summer of study and academic enrichment.

How does my child apply to a JSA Summer Program?

Detailed application instructions can be found here.

What application materials do you need?

Students are to submit a 500-750 word essay on a “Political Issue of Importance to Me.”  In addition, students must also submit a description of their extra curricular activities, a current transcript and a recommendation letter from a teacher or counselor.

How many applications can I make?

Students may only apply for one summer school at a time. If a student wishes to change the campus they will be attending they must contact summer@jsa.org and request a campus change.

When is the application deadline?

Applications are considered, reviewed and accepted on a rolling admissions basis. Space is limited on each campus so we encourage students to apply early to ensure their first choice campus and course.

How long after I complete my application should I expect a decision?

Students should expect decisions about 10 business days after their application is completed. This amount time may vary due to application volume. Do not email JSA to ask the status of your application, unless you believe something has gone wrong with its submission. JSA will contact you with a decision as soon as it has been made.

What is covered by the tuition?

The tuition for JSA Summer Programs covers tuition for the program, textbooks and all other academic expenses, along with room and board for the student.  During Summer School, students live on single-sex floors in university student residencies, generally two to a room.  Meals are eaten in university dining rooms.  Faculty and college-age residents live on campus with students, providing academic counseling and supervision 24 hours a day.

Expenses not included in tuition are off-campus meals and entertainment, and transportation to and from the Summer School. However, staff members will be available at nearby airports to help transport students to campus.  We also assist graduates in returning to the airport at the end of the summer session.  When attending off-campus speakers programs and optional cultural excursions, students are responsible for their meals and any tickets they might purchase for plays, museums, etc.  Georgetown students spend six days off campus, while students at our other sessions typically spend 1-3 days off campus.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, each summer the Junior Statesmen Foundation awards over $750,000 in scholarships to students who want to attend the program.  In addition, JSA staff conducts very successful Fundraising Academies and provides online tools and resources to assist students with raising funds in their own communities.  In 2017, students raised nearly $250,000!

How do scholarships and tuition credits work?

Students may apply for financial aid by filling out the Scholarship Application once two conditions are met. First, the student's summer school application must be complete. Second, the student must be actively fundraising. If one or both of these conditions are not met then the student's application will be put aside until the conditions are met.

Tuition credits such as the Early Enrollment Credit cannot be combined with any other scholarships or credits, this includes the JSA Scholar Award and Alumni Merit Award. 

To whom do I direct questions regarding scholarships and tuition?

Students may contact JSA's Admissions and Enrollment Coordinator, Felice Judkins, to arrange payments and discuss scholarships and fundraising.

Student Experience and Safety

How can I connect with other students accepted to and attending my program?

If you’re interested in connecting with fellow students who are also attending JSA Summer Programs, or if you’re interested in coordinating travel with fellow students, check out the official JSA Summer Programs 2020 Facebook pages for students who have been accepted:

  1. JSA Summer School at Georgetown
  2. JSA Summer School at Stanford
  3. JSA Diplomat Program in Shanghai, China
  4. Institute on National Civic Leadership
  5. Women's Leadership Institute
  6. Gene A. Burd Institute on L.A. Media and Politics
Who supervises students?

JSA Summer School senior staff and Resident Assistants reside in the dorms with students. They are available 24 hours a day and are responsible for the health and safety of the students. Faculty and staff members actively participate in non-academic aspects of the program, including recreation, social activities, and off-campus activities. Students have a meeting every night with their Resident Advisors, and have an 11:00 p.m. curfew after which they may not leave their rooms. Freshman Scholar students have earlier curfews and meeting times. Students and parents read and sign community rules prior to attending the summer school.

How do I get into the best course for me?

The best way to ensure the campus and course of your choice is to apply early.  If you have questions about the various programs, you can review the information on this website, as well as discuss your objectives and interests with the JSA Campus Director.

I have dietary restrictions and/or a medical condition. How do you facilitate my well-being while at the program?

We work very closely with parents and students to accommodate these types of restrictions and conditions.  We also require a detailed medical advisory from every student’s family doctor so that we are prepared to deal with any issues which might arise while the student is at the program.

What type of access do students have to campus recreation facilities such as gyms, tennis courts, pools, etc?

JSA students have full access to campus facilities during the program. Many students enjoy these facilities during their free time.

Can students attend religious services on Saturday or Sunday?

Yes, arrangements are made at all campuses to help students attend religious services. In many cases, the services are right on campus. Students often attend religious services as a group.

Do students have the ability to explore off campus?

Yes, students are allowed to leave the campus in small groups on Sundays, which are their day off from classes. They are required to inform program staff about their plans and to check-in when they return to campus.

Are there any social, non-academic activities during the program?

Yes, there are weekly social and non-academic activities planned for students on each campus. Additionally, depending on the campus location, organized Cultural Sundays are coordinated, which allow students to experience the major cultural institutions in nearby cities such as San Francisco near Stanford and Washington, DC near Georgetown.

Will you be able to pick my child up from the airport?

Yes.  JSA coordinates airport pick-up and drop-off on the first and last days of the summer programs.  Our Resident Assistants meet students at the airport on arrival day and assist them with airport departures on the last day.  Alternative arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis. JSA does not pick students up for Summer Institute Programs.

What if students cannot participate on Saturday because of religious beliefs?

Students need to let the Director and their professors know well in advance if they will not be able to participate in class on Saturday. These students arrange with their professor to cover the materials presented on Saturdays at a different time.

Staff, Faculty, and Administration

Is the JSA Faculty drawn from the specific program campus?

The professors at JSA Summer School are recruited from universities around the world and thrive on classroom teaching.  While professors from Georgetown and Stanford occasionally join the JSA faculty, we focus on building broader relationships with energetic college-level professors from diverse institutions.  The hallmark of the JSA faculty is dedication to learning.  Experts in their field, professors live on campus and form close working relationships with students.

Who are Resident Assistants, and how are they chosen?

Resident Assistants are typically college-age alumni of JSA Summer Programs. They undergo a rigorous application and interview process before being hired.